German war criminal, 91, fined for robbery
An elderly convicted German war criminal was fined 1,600 euros (2,300 dollars) by a court Wednesday for a hold-up at a Belgian pharmacy, dpa reported.
The man, who had been paroled after 22 years in prison for murdering six Jews in Gorlice, Poland during World War II, said he pointed a toy gun at a shop-owner in Eupen, Belgium as a protest against his 1968 conviction.
The 91-year-old former member of the SS admitted the wartime murders but claimed his sentence was unfair because he had just been following orders.
Fining him for threatening behaviour, a court in Recklinghausen, Germany refused his request to re-open the war crimes case.
The accused pointed a toy gun at a pharmacist last year and demanded money, but then left the shop empty-anded.